Fidel Castro finally rests in peace leaving behind a mixture of reactions around the world. People are crying and at the same time celebrating the demise of the “dictator”.

Firstly, let us know who was Fidel Castro and what was his past.

Castro was born to his unmarried parents on August 13, 1926. He was born in his father’s farm and in a family which was filthy rich.

Castro’s father, Angle Castro Y Argiz, was a migrant from Galicia, Northwest Spain who settled in Cuba.

In his childhood, he faced lots of shifting and all. In 1945, Castro began studying law at the University of Havana, where he later enrolled in political activities which hugely drew his attention. Within all this, several events followed which increased his hatred for US and appreciation for the Marxist-Leninist system of government.


Castro giving speech. Photo: Hindustan Times

Later he planned to overthrow the Cuban president , Fulgencio Batista, launching a failed attack on the Moncada Barracks in the year 1953 which resulted in his trip to jail.


Castro relaxing with mates. Photo: Hindustan Times

Then after an year in prison, he went to Mexico where he formed a revolutionary group with his brother Raul Castro and Che Guevara with the help of which he lead the Cuban Revolution to a Guerrilla war.

After Batista’s overthrow in 1959, Castro claimed the Military and Political power as Cuba’s PM.

He evaded a huge number of assassination attempts,which were considered to be conducted by the CIA . He then formed an alliance with the Soviet Union.

Castro allowed the Soviets to place the nuclear weapons on Cuba’s land in response to the american missiles in Turkey thus establishing Cuban Missile Crisis .

He adopted Marxist-Leninist model of development and transformed Cuba into a one-party socialist state under communist party rule. He introduced many policies regarding Central Economic Planning and expanding healthcare and education. Many of these worked but still he deprived his people of some basic fundamental rights.

In 2006, he transferred all of his responsibilities to the then Vice-President Raul Castro, who formally assumed the presidency in 2008, thus finally retiring.

In this ever developing world, Castro was viewed as a hero of Socialism and anti-colonialism. His supporters describe him as “an inspiration to revolutionary movements” and an iconic personality.

At the same time his enemies say that he was a dictator whose administration oversaw multiple human-rights abuses. They even say that finally the world has to bear the weight of one less tyrant after his demise.

After his death the social media is flooding with tweets, videos and texts of people expressing their mood from all over the world.

People in Cuba are mourning heavily upon the demise of their leader. But it is still unclear if it’s motivated by the feeling of fear or loss.

People in Cuba mourn upon the demise of Castro.